James 5 New American Standard Bible

Warning to the Rich

5 1  Come now , you rich , weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2  Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten . 3  Your gold and your silver have rusted ; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire . It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure ! 4  Behold , the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields , and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth . 5  You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure ; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter . 6  You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

Patience and Prayer

7  Therefore be patient , brethren , until the coming of the Lord . The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil , being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8  You too be patient ; strengthen your hearts , for the coming of the Lord is near . 9  Do not complain , brethren , against one another , so that you yourselves may not be judged ; behold , the Judge is standing right at the door . 10  As an example , brethren , of suffering and patience , take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord . 11  We count those blessed who endured . You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful .

12  But above all , my brethren , do not swear , either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath ; but your yes is to be yes , and your no , no , so that you may not fall under judgment . 13  Is anyone among you suffering ? Then he must pray . Is anyone cheerful ? He is to sing praises . 14  Is anyone among you sick ? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord ; 15  and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick , and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins , they will be forgiven him. 16  Therefore , confess your sins to one another , and pray for one another so that you may be healed . The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much . 17  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours , and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain , and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months . 18  Then he prayed again , and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit . 19  My brethren , if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back , 20  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins .

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